William Edward Lutz, Jr. (Bill), 75, of Oregon City, Ore., and formerly of Florence, died at home Feb. 12, 2017, after a long courageous battle with lung disease.
Bill was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., to William E. Lutz Sr. and Jessie V. Moore. Following the death of his mother, Bill was raised by his father and step-mother , Norma N. Nyhart Lutz, who raised him in Florence.
With a quick wit and ready smile, Bill entertained all he met with his funny sayings and infectious laughter.
He had an amusing nickname for everyone. He could recite all manner of trivia including history. On his land in Oregon City he built furniture , cleared trees and planted gardens and flowers.
All of Bill's life was spent loving cars and they were his hobby, pride and joy; he restored many.
It all started with the Scavengers Car Club in Florence, and continued with Henry's Half Tons in Portland, Ore.
While primarily Fords, of late he had added Pontiacs; all were pre-1965 .
After many years working in and managing Ford parts departments, he went to work for State Farm as an auto claims estimator. He retired from State Farm in 2006. He could recite many parts numbers from memory years after he left the parts business.
Bill is survived by his wife, Linda L. Seaver Lutz; son, William E. Lutz, III, of Oregon City, Ore.; brother Nicholas Lutz (Susan) of Sherwood, Ore.; and sister Dorothy Stalcup of Olympia, Wash.
The family would like to thank Providence Hospice East for their care, concern and guidance. Bill dreamed of owning a 50s/60s diner. A celebration of Bill's life will be held Sat. March 11, 2017, noon at Blue Moon Diner, located at 20167 Tualatin Valley Highway, in Beaverton, Ore.
Donations to the Oregon Coast Humane (OCHS) Society would be appreciated.
Throughout the years, Bill found great comfort and joy in his dogs (mostly Beagles).